Runaway and Homeless Youth
Youth and young adults who are living on the streets or who do not have consistent, stable housing are highly vulnerable. Homelessness is not just a problem in cities; young people in suburban and rural communities also face homelessness. They are often trying to escape neglect, abuse, conflict in their homes, forced work, sexual exploitation, and intolerance of their sexual gender/identity.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee, comprised of community and state agency representatives, advises OCFS on matters pertaining to the administration of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
There are several types of RHY facilities: runaway and homeless youth crisis service programs, interim family homes, and Transitional Independent Living Programs-group residence or supported residence.
NYS Guidance for RHY Programs Regarding COVID-19
The following guidance and restrictions apply to RHY programs in response to COVID-19:
- Guidance on interpreting regulatory requirements for fire drills (3/30/20)
- DOH memo: Health Advisory: Updated Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection (3/28/20)
- Guidance on Regulatory Relief for COVID-19 (RHY) (3/20/20)
Temporary Variance Request Form
- Guidance on Tracking Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 (3/20/20)
- Letter regarding EO 202.7 (essential businesses) (3/20/20)
- OMH Supplemental Guidance – Use of Telehealth for Residential Services (3/19/20)
- OMH Supplemental Guidance – Use of Telehealth for OMH-funded programs (3/19/20)
- Guidance for Isolation or Quarantine in OCFS Licensed or Certified Residential Programs and Domestic Violence Shelters (3/18/20)
- Temporary Visitor Restrictions Within Residential Treatment Centers and Congregate Care Settings (3/17/20)
- Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-Healthcare Settings Where Individuals Under Movement Restriction for COVID-19 are Staying (3/11/20)
- Protocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection (3/31/20)
- Guidance: Use of N95 and Cloth Masks in the Workplace (4/8/20)
Federal COVID-19 Resources
- COVID-19 Rural Resource Guide
- Find Meals for Kids When Schools are Closed
- Federal Programs that Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
- Memorandum: CARES Act Flexibilities for CDBG Funds Used to Support Coronavirus Response and plan amendment waiver (4/9/20)
- Memorandum: Availability of Waivers and Suspensions of the HOME Program Requirements in Response to COVID -19 Pandemic (4/10/20)
- Memorandum: Suspensions and Waivers to Facilitate Use of HOME-Assisted Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) for Emergency and Short-term Assistance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (4/10/20)
- Memorandum: ACYF-CB-IM-20-05: Section 6008 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and P.L. 116-136, Section 3720 and Title VIII of Division B of the CARES Act (4/6/20)
- Memorandum: IM-ACF-OA-2020-01: ACF grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19 (4/2/20)
- Press Release: HUD makes $3 billion of COVID-19 relief funding available to communities across the nation. In addition to funding, mortgage servicers instructed to offer deferred or reduced mortgage payments for up to 6 months (4/2/20)
- Press Release: HUD Awards $24 Million to Help Children in Foster Care - FUP (4/1/20)
Other COVID-19 Resources
Information from the NYS Department of Homeland Security regarding FEMA’s emergency disaster declaration (DR-4480) can be found on the DHS web site.
RHY programs serving parenting youth in need of diapers and other baby supplies can find information about donations at the National Diaper Bank.
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